Normally, you start with a main idea that is written in a box in the center of the workspace. You can then use different types of relationships to connect that idea with others that you think may be useful.
The new ideas that grew from the original can be organized by importance thanks to dozens of visual options included in the program. It also supports tons of different types of fonts and font sizes, images, and special markers, which are not only attractive, but also make it even easier to work with the program.
Xmind is an intriguing program for students, since it's easy to use while serving an important purpose in group projects.